Charles W. Middlekauff

Charles W. Middlekauff, a member of the 42nd Illinois General Assembly (1921-22), from Lanark was born on a farm near Adeline, Agle county in 1867. On graduation from the University ofMichigan law school in 1891, he practiced in Lanark until 1914 when he moved to Freeport.

While serving as assistant U.S. Attorney General, he prosecuted defendants involved in East st. Louis race riots where 80 persons were killed. In Washington, he also was in charge of cases arising from violations of the federal Volstead act.

Middlekauff returned to Freeport in 1925 and entered the law practice with Judge A.H. Manus. He served as master in chancery for two years. He and his wife, the former Helen Thomas, had a daughter Margaret who practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio. While in San Antonio, Tex. for his health, Mr. Middlekauff died Jan. 26, 1943.

From the Goodly Heritage 1968

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